Do you ever have those moments when you know you need something? Desperately? And so you plead with God to help you and send you the thing you seek? For me, sometimes it's an extra hour of sleep. Or to be relieved from physical pain or sickness. Or that my 2 year old will just calm down.
That's how I know what faith is. Because faith is "not bravado, not just a wish, not just a hope. True faith is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ-confidence and trust in Jesus Christ that leads a person to follow him." (Elder Simmons, May 2004 Ensign). Sometimes you pray with absolute confidence that your prayer will be answered...BUT IF NOT, you know that God will enable you to endure the fatigue, give you strength to overcome the pain, and fortify your patience even when it's hanging by a thread.
I'm glad God reminded me about faith this week. Because I needed to strengthen it. I often think of what Presisdent Henry B Eyring said, that "Faith has a short shelf life." It's true. Unless I'm constantly seeking to increase my faith in Jesus Christ, I may not have the endurance, strength, or patience that I need each day. Motherhood is the most challenging job I have had. But I know that through the enabling power of the Atonement, I can have the faith to persist and happily endure each day!